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Reclamation Clinic: Home Sweet Home

Date & Time: 
03/11/2017 - 11:00am

TRIP's NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center

409 River St., Troy, 518-690-0020

Reclamation Clinic: TOOLBOX C

Congratulations! You purchased a building and you have a plan for financing the work it needs. Learn about home repair education courses available in
the region and the process for obtaining building permits, zoning variances and site plan approvals. Get guidance on working with contractors and technical professionals, and what to do if an agreement goes bad. You have worked hard for this home, make it work for you financially with tax credits, deductions and rentals. Now that you are in the house, become a contributing member of the community. Improving the neighborhood protects your investment.

A Breathing Lights Reclamation Clinic

WOOC benefit with Sierra Leone's Refugee Allstars and Vusi Mahlasela

Date & Time: 
02/17/2017 - 7:30pm

Click for ticketsThe Egg, in cooperation with The Sanctuary for Independent Media, presents a fundraising concert for radio station WOOC 105.3 FM, a double bill of African music that is sure to lift your spirits and satisfy your soul!

This show takes place at The Egg in downtown Albany, one of the Capital Region's most intimate and comfortable listening environments.

Photo of Sierra Leon Refugee AllstarsSierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix to the world stage mining the riches of Western African folklore, performing uplifting–and very danceable–highlife songs of hope, faith and joy.


North Central Holiday Justice and Peace Celebration

Date & Time: 
12/17/2016 - 12:00pm

Back by popular demand! Join us for the fifth annual North Central Holiday Peace and Justice Celebration, North Troy’s working peoples’ alternative to the Victorian Stroll. We'll have free portraits by internationally recognized photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally, a coat give-away, a Troy Bike Rescue bike give-away, Toys for Tots, arts activities and tours of the North Troy Peoples' History Museum!!!

For families in the North Troy area, call (518) 272-2390 to reserve a time for a professional portrait! Spaces limited, so please sign up! For free bikes for young children, sign up on Saturday in Sanctuary.

Co-sponsored by Unity House, A Little Creative Class, Foto Care, Troy Bike Rescue, BLOCK, North Troy Community Network, TRIP and Troy Zero Waste.


Reclamation Clinic: The Home Stretch

Date & Time: 
12/07/2016 - 6:00pm

Breathing Lights TOOLBOX B

So, you are interested in purchasing a house that needs a LOT of work before it can be lived in? Learn how to find the right property and establish a realistic renovation budget. City and Land Bank representatives will explain how to submit purchase proposals and qualify for special grants or loans. Learn about the cost impacts of hazardous materials common
in older buildings. Understand the basics of building codes and zoning regulations, how they apply to residential, commercial, mixed use buildings and home based businesses. This workshop also includes guidance on when to bring in design and construction professionals and prepares you to make a realistic offer on a property so you are not surprised by unexpected costs.

A Breathing Lights Reclamation Clinic

Fruit & Berry Propagation

Date & Time: 
12/03/2016 - 1:00pm

We are multiplying our stock and want to share with you!

Come learn the basics of propagating from hardwood cuttings & leave with some new plant (& hopefully, human!) friends. Bring a pot / vessel for carrying transplants home or any cuttings you would like to share. $10 suggested donation.

Collard City Growers
3337 6th Ave, Troy, New York 12180
For more info, check out
or call 518-272-2390.

Medea Benjamin

Date & Time: 
11/19/2016 - 7:00pm

Medea Benjamin on Creative Resistance and her latest book

sponsored by Women Against War

5:30-6:30 Community potluck before presentation

Join us in the Sanctuary's 10th Year Celebration, as we honor the creative resistance of Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the human rights group Global Exchange. This is also a celebration of Women Against War's 10 years of anti-war events at the Sanctuary!

Medea will speak on media activist strategies and her latest book about Saudi Arabia, hot off the press!

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Medea Benjamin

Date & Time: 
11/19/2016 - 7:00pm

Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK in Washington D.C., and author or editor of eight books including a new one about the Saudi-US relationship, will speak at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy on Saturday, November 19 at 7 PM.

Benjamin and other CODEPINK activists are known for their ability to make media spectacle in settings from Presidential press conferences to Israeli settlements, challenging hypocrisy and silence.  Medea’s books and lectures question the legality and morality of US policies such as arms sales, torture, and drone warfare with its collateral civilian casualties.  Her latest book, Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.–Saudi Connection, will be on sale at the event.

Sanctuary Sustainer Reception (with Medea Benjamin)

Date & Time: 
11/19/2016 - 6:00pm

Join Medea Benjamin at a reception in honor of our Sanctuary Sustainers!

Giving even a small amount per month helps us forecast our budget and lets us know that you are committed to keeping the Sanctuary doors open for future generations.

All sustainers are invited to stay and hear Medea speak about CODEPINK and her decades of fighting for peace and social justice. More information about Medea's 7pm talk here.

Sign up to become a Sanctuary Sustainer right here:

Participatory Art & Action workshop with Brenda Ann Kenneally

Date & Time: 
11/19/2016 - 4:00pm

Kenneally will share strategies for participatory community art practice, including the process behind her scrapbooks and the StoryCandles project.

Celebrating 200 Years: North Troy Community Network – North Troy People’s History Museum Event

Date & Time: 
11/19/2016 - 10:00am

North Troy Community Network – North Troy People’s History Museum Event

Join us for tours of the North Troy Peoples' History Museum, an exhibit which explores of evolution of Troy through the history of families in the neighborhood. Then, enjoy a reception hosted by the North Troy Community Network, and a community conversation about reclaiming our history!

Check out the full day's schedule below:


10am - 2pm North Troy Peoples' History Museum: Unraveling A Peoples' History of The Collar City, 3334 6th Ave. with artist Brenda Ann Kenneally and representatives from North Troy Community Network

Come explore this exhibit of collected materials, featuring a timeline beginning with Hudson Valley Mastadons through Industrial Troy's Golden Age, all the way to today's stories of violence and economic vulnerability, despair, and hope.